A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Post-Mortem Survival Hardback

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A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Post-Mortem Survival

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Sudduth provides a critical exploration of classical empirical arguments for postmortem survival-arguments that purport to show that data collected from ostensibly paranormal phenomena constitute good evidence for the survival of the self or individual consciousness after death. Focusing on arguments based on the data of near-death experiences, mediumship, and cases of the reincarnation type, he aims to revive the tradition of empirical inquiry into life after death associated with philosophers William James, C.D. Broad, H.H. Price, and C.J. Ducasse. Sudduth proposes to advance the debate with a novel approach. For the first time, the traditional arguments are formalized using the tools of formal epistemology. Sudduth shows that this procedure exposes the Achilles Heel of the classical arguments, a self-defeating dependence on auxiliary assumptions. He further argues that when reformulated in the light of the 'problem of auxiliaries,' long-standing skeptical objections to the classical arguments are immune to traditional survivalist counter-arguments.

A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Post-Mortem Survival by Michael Sudduth was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2015. The ISBN for A Philosophical Critique of Empirical Arguments for Post-Mortem Survival is 9781137440938.

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Page last updated 1st December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (October 2015)
Weight454g
Number of Pages336
Thickness25 mm
Height222 mm
Width141 mm
ISBN9781137440938
ISBN-101137440937
Product Code4372663
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